New SSD format showing promise

MyDigitalSSD shows Boost and claims it as the world’s fastest portable SSD. The drive ships with two Samsung mSATA SSDs in RAID 0 and delivers a fast, flash-based backup destination for any USB-enabled device.

via Meet Boost, MyDigitalSSD’s Fastest Portable SSD From CES 2017 — News Tom’s Hardware

I’m seeing a trend now that started back in June with my last trip to Japan. I visited a number of “camera stores” in Kyoto and Tokyo. I was interested in see what was the state of the art in USB removable flash storage. That’s where I saw the Samsung USB 3.1a high speed interface T3 flash drive. I had for the first time realized that some manufacturers were even making “native” interfaces using Thunderbolt/DisplayPort connectors in order to get past the limits of USB3 interfaces. When I read the packaging (which was impossible because I don’t read/speak Japanese at all) as near as I could tell speeds were touted as ~2X faster than USB3. Which made me begin to think this drive was faster than most people’s internal hard drives (unless they had an SSD already installed). An external drive faster than the typical internal hard drive, puts us into a new era. I say that also because just a month after coming back from Japan this announcement from Samsung:

The UFS card format is brand new and a higher speed competitor to micro SDHC. To date there are a number of technical classifications for speeds of micro SDHC UHS cards used for video capture. Video camera owners are big on expecting flawless data rates and video capture at high rez without any losses. The UHS classification helped buyers compare/contrast guaranteed throughput versus cost and choose accordingly. The new UFS format cards change the interface/transfer speeds enough that you are seeing not only really large capacities (256GB for a start, the size of an internal hdd) and very high speeds. I vaguely remember ~300MB/sec. for the UFS cards. That is as fast as a SATA SSD! Between the Samsung T3 and Samsung UFS memory card format from this Summer 2016, the peripheral memory formats are now faster than the old HDD or SATA HDD drives people are buying today. The add-ons you would buy to help migrate documents/music/photos off of one computer to another is higher performing/maybe even bigger in rare cases than the main storage of your laptop or desktop computer.

I want to know what happens if someone actually designs a computer “around” these new peripheral storage devices? What if your computer didn’t come with a hard drive? What if you used a single storage device over and over again as you move from computer to computer? Better yet what if you did a Windows-to-Go style format on your storage device so that it carried Windows10 on it, along with all your apps and all your storage. All you do is just keep moving up the food chain of desktop/laptop/tablet or whatever. Just keep moving the storage. That’s a bit of a shift and makes you feel, really feel your data, your OS your computer IS the storage and your data is YOURs. It doesn’t belong to whomever has your computer, or who you donated it to, because your computer is the OS, apps, data all on the removable memory storage you choose to buy. This makes me look at computers (and what I would call a computer) differently.






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